Zoë Campbell

Zoë Campbell

Scientist, Gender

Zoë Campbell is an interdisciplinary researcher specializing in the intersection between gender and animal health. Before joining ILRI, she worked as a wildlife technician in her home state of Oregon, and later as an environmental extension officer in the Peace Corps in southern Tanzania. She is based in Nairobi, but fondly considers Tanzania to be a second home.

Zoë holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Through a unique sandwich program in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, she combined methods and theories from economics, social sciences, and global animal health to learn more about why people were or weren’t vaccinating their chickens for Newcastle disease.

Research activities at ILRI include supporting the gender component of the ECo-PPR project, aimed at increasing vaccination for PPR in six countries as part of the global eradication initiative, assessing the adoptability of bacteriophages by poultry farmers, testing gender-responsive approaches in a study of Rift Valley fever vaccination in Kenya, and most recently, developing study designs and frameworks to consider gender within the One Health initiative.

Selected publications:

Campbell, Z.A., Thumbi, S.M., Marsh, T.L., Quinlan, M.B., Shirima, G.M., Palmer, G.H., 2019. Why isn’t everyone using the thermotolerant vaccine? Preferences for Newcastle disease vaccines by chicken-owning households in Tanzania. PLoS One 14.

Otiang, E., Campbell, Z.A., Thumbi, S.M., Njagi, L.W., Nyaga, P.N., Palmer, G.H., 2022. Vaccination of household chickens results in a shift in young children’s diet and improves child growth. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 119, 1–12.

Campbell, Z., Coleman, P., Guest, A., Kushwaha, P., Ramuthivheli, T., Osebe, T., Perry, B., Salt, J., 2021. Prioritizing smallholder animal health needs in East Africa, West Africa, and South Asia using three approaches: Literature review, expert workshops, and practitioner surveys. Prev. Vet. Med. 189.

Namatovu, J., Campbell, Z., Ouma, E., 2021. The role of gender dimensions in the transmission and control of Rift Valley fever in Uganda. ILRI Project Brief. Nairobi, Kenya.

My Blog Posts


Training researchers virtually when supplies can cross borders but people cannot

Laughter, the universal language

My Publications

Gender-responsive design of bacteriophage products to enhance adoption by chicken keepers in Kenya

  • Campbell, Zoë A.
  • Njiru, Nelly
  • Mhone, Amos L.
  • Makumi, Angela
  • Moineau, S.
  • Svitek, Nicholas

Gender roles in ruminant disease management in Uganda and implications for control of peste des petits ruminants and Rift Valley fever

  • Namatovu, Jane
  • Lule, P.
  • Asindu, Marsy
  • Campbell, Zoë A.
  • Kiara, Henry K.
  • Bett, Bernard K.
  • Roesel, Kristina
  • Ouma, Emily A.

Rapid gender landscaping analysis in the poultry sector: Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe

  • Campbell, Zoë A.
  • Jumba, Humphrey
  • Tjasink, Katharine
  • Al-Riyami, Lamyaa

Vaccination of household chickens results in a shift in young children’s diet and improves child growth in rural Kenya

  • Otiang, E.
  • Yoder, J.
  • Manian, S.
  • Campbell, Zoë A.
  • Thumbi, S.M.
  • Njagi, L.W.
  • Nyaga, P.N.
  • Palmer, G.H.

Field researcher guide: Gender-responsive study of phage adoption opportunities for chicken keepers in Kenya

  • Campbell, Zoë A.
  • Njiru, Nelly M.
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Gender considerations in livestock and animal health

  • Galiè, Alessandra
  • Campbell, Zoë A.